Slate Shortlisted in

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Slate Shortlisted in "Shop of the Year" Competition

We are thrilled to announce that Slate has been shortlisted in The Guild of Fine Food's Shop of the Year awards 2018. Across four categories, 42 independent retailers have made the list and we are flying the flag for Suffolk!

Stilton: Clare grading

Thursday 24 May 2018

A Stilton Masterclass

Stilton is a truly a British cheese, and protected by both its EU "Protected Designation of Origin" (PDO) status and registered trademark, this is the way it will stay. 

Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses visit

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses visit

Happy cows are at the heart of life on Whitegate Farm, the home of Katherine and Jason Salisbury and their Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses. On a beautiful sunny day, Clare arrived to visit just as their herd of fifty milking cows bounded out into the fields for the first time since October, immediately getting their heads down to enjoy the fresh spring grass.

Eat Suffolk Food & Drink Awards 2018 blog

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Eat Suffolk Food & Drink Awards 2018 blog

Suffolk is a county crammed with food and drink producers, growers and retailers. Each year this thriving industry is celebrated with the "Eat Suffolk Food & Drink Awards".

Mardler John by goat shed

Monday 23 April 2018

"Mardling" about goats cheese

With its bright yellow wax coating, Norfolk Mardler is one of the most eye-catching cheeses we have in our "wall of cheese" at Slate.  On their recent cheese-making trip to Norfolk, Clare and John called into Fielding Cottage to find out more about how it is made.

Slate Cheese Wedding Cake

Monday 23 April 2018

Cheese wedding cakes

Create a stunning centrepiece for your wedding reception with a celebration cheese "cake" from Slate.

Cheese-making with Norfolk's Mrs Temple

Thursday 1 March 2018

Cheese-making with Norfolk's Mrs Temple

Clare and John headed to north Norfolk to visit Mrs Temple and her cheeses. Catherine Temple is a well-established East Anglian cheese-maker who makes a range of eight cheeses designed to offer a complete Norfolk cheeseboard.  

Meet the Fruit Magpie

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Meet the Fruit Magpie

At Slate we are really keen on perfect companions for cheese and fruit cheeses have got to be one of our favourites.  Recently we caught up with Hazel from Fruit Magpie to find out more about how she makes the beautiful jewel-coloured loaves on offer at Slate. 

Back to the classroom

Friday 23 February 2018

Back to the classroom

Last month saw Clare head back to the classroom for more cheese training, a slightly daunting prospect with several dozen cheeses on the tasting menu and an exam at the end of the day!

How to taste cheese

Tuesday 30 January 2018

How to taste cheese

Like wine, good cheese deserves thoughtful tasting. If you can resist the urge to just tuck in, here are tips on being a more discerning cheese lover.

Fondue kit

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Enjoy Alpine flavours at home

There may not be mountains here in Suffolk to walk or ski but with the new fondue and raclette kits we have available to hire, you can enjoy the all the flavours of Alpine cheese at home.  

Perfect partners: cheese and nuts

Tuesday 2 January 2018

Perfect partners: cheese and nuts

Here at Slate, not only are we nuts about cheese but we get very excited about nuts with cheese! Here are our tips on pairing nuts and cheese.